Girl at War by Sara Novic moves back and forth through time to show us how history shapes the individual. We follow Ana Juric as a 10 year old in Zagreb, Croatia in 1991 as civil war breaks out across Yugoslavia, splintering Ana’s idyllic childhood. Daily life is altered by food rations and air raid drills, and soccer matches are replaced by sniper fire. When war arrives at her doorstep, Ana must find her way in a dangerous world.
We then meet Ana as a college student in 2001 New York. She’s tried to move on from her past, but she can’t escape her memories of war. Haunted by events that forever changed her family, Ana returns to Croatia after a decade away, hoping to make some peace with the place she once called home. As she faces her ghosts, she must come to terms with her county’s difficult history and the events that interrupted her childhood years before.
Girl at War shows the impact of war on one young girl, and its legacy on all of us.